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Friday, June 28, 2013

New Bill Increases Penalty for Child Trafficking in Connecticut

By Geoffrey J. Miller

It is commonly understood that sex trafficking is a large problem in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, but unbeknownst to many, it is a huge issue in the United States as well. And it is a growing problem in Connecticut.

According to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), more than 130 children have been forced into sexual slavery in Connecticut in the last five years.  In response to this horrific trend, the Connecticut legislator has unanimously passed a bill that would to make it easier to arrest, prosecute and penalize those who sexually exploit children.

Some highlights from the new bill include:

  • Raising the penalty for knowingly patronizing an underage prostitute or human trafficking victim to a Class C felony;
  • Authorizing courts to seize the assets of convicted pimps where those asserts were obtained through the sexual exploitation of a minor;
  • Implementation of a public awareness campaign and victim's hotline;
  • A provision directing the Trafficking in Persons Council to report back with suggestions for further legislation by January 2014.
The Connecticut DCF is making human trafficking a top priority.  According to Tammy Sneed, DCF's director of girls' services: "In the past, we relied on the FBI for enforcement. This [new bill] will stiffen the penalties on the local side of law enforcement. This is a very positive development."

Update:  This article was originally published when the bill was passed on June 1, 2013.  On June 24, 2013 it was signed into law by Govener Dannel P. Malloy.  The provisions in this new set of human trafficking laws will go into effect on October 1, 2013.  See the Bill's History HERE.

Read the Bill Here:
Read an Article on the Bill in The Connecticut Mirror
Read a Pamphlet on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Connecticut Criminal Law